Last season’s champion juvenile Too Darn Hot is in line to make his three-year-old debut in the Greenham Stakes, which has a new sponsor in Watership Down Stud – the breeding operation of his owners, Lord and Lady Lloyd Webber.
The seven-furlong Group Three contest at Newbury on April 13 is a recognised trial for the Qipco 2000 Guineas – for which the son of Dubawi is favourite – and was the stepping stone for Frankel ahead of his success in the colts’ Classic in 2011.
Too Darn Hot, trained by John Gosden, was rated the best juvenile since Frankel and Dream Ahead when awarded the same rating of 126 to top the 2018 European Two-Year-Old Classifications, having completed an unbeaten campaign with victory in the Dewhurst Stakes at Newmarket.
Simon Marsh, general manager of Watership Down Stud, said: “We are delighted to be involved with a new sponsorship at Newbury racecourse which will see the first running of the Watership Down Stud Greenham Stakes.
“It is also a wonderful coincidence to have the promising Too Darn Hot as a potential contender for the race. The Lloyd Webbers have such a close association with this racecourse and are big supporters of the industry which makes this partnership even more meaningful.”
Watership Down Stud have agreed to sponsor the Greenham in a three-year deal and the value of the race will be increased to a total prize fund of £70,000.